Student violates weapons policy

MCHS issues five-day suspension, conducts incident investigation

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By RYAN SHERIDAN
Daily Press writer
On Wednesday, a student at Moffat County High School was suspended for bringing a weapon to school.
"There is a student that has been suspended for a violation of the weapons policy," MCHS Principal Jane Krogman said. "The student has been suspended for five days, pending an investigation."
An infraction of this nature is covered under both the school district's official policy and the high school's Student Code of Conduct a more general set of rules for the students.
A violation of the Weapons in School section of the district policy results in mandatory expulsion, in accordance with both state and federal law. The policy states that, "Carrying, bringing, using or possessing any dangerous or deadly weapon in any school building, on school grounds, in any school vehicle or at any school-sponsored activity without the authorization of the school or the school district is prohibited." The policy has been in effect since 1993.
In the Articles Prohibited at School section of the code of conduct, a violation results in confiscation of the item, and "possession of these items may result in disciplinary action." No punishment is specified. Items that are prohibited range from laser pointers and pagers to water pistols, video games and firecrackers, "and any item that could be used as a weapon or mistaken for a weapon."
According to Krogman, any weapon, depending on its size, could fall under one or both of these directives.
Because the incident is still under investigation, Krogman could not comment on how the weapon was discovered or if the suspended student will face any further disciplinary action.

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